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2011-07-13 14:31:58

Satellites can bring new transparency to how forests are being managed. With the increasing production of pulp, paper and timber products, there is concern over the effect that expanding plantations and logging in natural forests have on biodiversity and climate change. At the recent general assembly of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, an ESA project team joined some 400 stakeholders to discuss how Earth observation services can be integrated into the FSC...

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2011-02-03 07:16:48

A top expert with the United Nations said Wednesday that forests around the world could start expanding again within a few years. But, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) global study, trees are still being cut down at "alarmingly high" rates, mainly in the Amazon and Africa. FAO assistant director general Eduardo Rojas-Briales said that many new trees will only have "junk" value in the disposing of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. While the estimated...

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2011-01-24 12:06:06

A new report says that international accords on saving vulnerable forests are having little impact because they do not attack the core causes such as growing demand for biofuels and food crops. With Africa and South America both losing 18.3 million acres of forest a year, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) said the U.N. and governments need a drastic change of policy. Experts around the world said in the report that too much attention is being put on forests to...


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